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Graduate Student Research Tips & Tricks: Publishing and Scholarly Communication
The Digital Commons is the institutional repository of campus scholarship and creative work at UMaine. You can deposit work that is educational, artistic, or research-oriented (e.g., articles, creative works, posters, patents, conference proceedings), and that matches the goals and scope of the collection.
Looking for a place to publish? Search for journals by discipline in the Serials Directory. You can limit to peer reviewed publications.
Measuring Scholarly Impact
Scholarly impact can refer to several aspects of scholarly communication. Most commonly:
Journal Impact is the amount of times articles from a specific journal are cited combined with the number of articles that the journal publishes - this is known as the impact factor: http://www.sciencegateway.org/impact.
H-index measures scholarly impact at the author level - the amount of articles a scholar published combined with how many times those published articles are cited creates your h-index.
Eigenfactor is intended to measure the overall importance of a scientific journal. Similar to the journal impact factor, the Eigenfactor was developed to be a more robust tool, and considers how broad the journal's contribution is.
Google Scholar collects your publishing and citation information and creates its own h-index metric. To find yours, create a Google Scholar Profile. You can choose whether to make your profile Public or Private. When searching for other authors' h-index, Google Scholar only gives access to authors who have created a public profile.
Altmetrics is the use of alternative, or nontraditional, measurements to better understand the attention a work receives outside the citation alone. Examples include number of article downloads, item views, and social media mentions.